45+ Healthy Ways to Cook With Cabbage
Cooking With Cabbage
Delicious raw, cooked, or pickled—savory cabbages have stunning, deep crinkled leaves that can span a few feet in the garden. Pungent when raw, yet mellow and sweeter when cooked, cabbage is a great vegetable to use throughout the summer months.
First up is Beer-Braised Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw. Cabbage and apple slaw adds a nice crunch. When you pair the slaw with beer-braised chicken, the tacos take on a German flair.
Shrimp, Cabbage, and Carrot Potstickers
Be a last-minute appetizer hero, or serve a better-than-takeout main on the fly. No need for fancy folds: Just moisten wrapper edges and seal.
Grilled Purple Cabbage Wedge Salad
Give your favorite fall salad a hearty boost by swapping grilled purple cabbage in place of the traditional iceberg. It's crunchy, and rich, and chock-full of Vitamin C. Losing the bacon keeps this starter vegetarian. And sumac—a purple spice with a bright, tart flavor—is well worth finding and keeping on hand. Look for it in Mediterranean groceries or specialty spice shops. It shouldn't be too difficult to find.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Cabbage
This modern twist on hearty German fare gets a fiber boost from savoy cabbage and a crunchy-tart finish from cranberries and almonds. Be sure to let the pork rest atop the cabbage mixture; the juices infuse it with rich, meaty flavor.
Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry
This crunchy and filling skillet meal delivers big flavor with a nutritional punch: Flank steak contains blood-enriching iron, and cabbage has a whopping dose of vitamin C. Microwavable brown rice makes a great time-saver.
Friday: Black Bean Tostadas With Cabbage Slaw
Look for salty crumbly fresh Mexican cheese—queso fresco—near other fresh cheeses. Swap crumbled feta or shredded Jack cheese in a pinch. Look for crunchy premade tostada shells near the taco shells. Use up the extra shells as a base for a batch of after-school nachos, or break them into pieces and use in place of tortilla chips. For even more veggie goodness and an extra punch of flavor, try adding a few slices of creamy avocado and a sprinkle of charred corn kernels.
Curry-Ginger-Mint Tofu Steaks With Cabbage Slaw
Not a tofu-eater yet? This recipe will win you over. Protein-packed tofu steaks get a quick dusting in curry powder and cornstarch and sear up perfectly crisp—no frying required. We used madras curry powder in this recipe, which is a little spicier than regular curry powder; for a homemade hack, stir together regular curry with 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper.
Seared Radicchio and Red Cabbage Pasta With Pickled Raisins
Gorgeous magenta hues make this dish a beauty. The flavor is a sophisticated blend of slightly bitter radicchio, tart-sweet pickled raisins, and toasty walnuts. We call for chickpea-based pasta, which we love for its mild flavor; you can use another legume-based pasta if you'd like, or noodles made from whole grains. For a lower-carb option, omit the pickled raisins to cut 7g of carbs per serving. When slicing the onion into wedges, try to leave some of the root end intact so the wedges hold together; this will make them easier to turn in the pan.
Red Cabbage Agrodolce With Dried Cherries
This sweet-and-sour cabbage side will perk up any pot roast or pork loin. Plump dried cherries are the tart, hidden gems in the dish. A little butter rounds out the acidity and helps bind everything together.
Instant Pot Cabbage Soup
Cooking cabbage soup in your Instant Pot helps to maintain a bit of texture in the ingredients, though not too much crunch. Veggie-packed, yet still bright and fresh-tasting, the flavors in this ultra-healthy soup don’t get muddy as vegetable soups sometimes do.
Charred Cabbage With Butternut-Miso Mash
Slow-cooked, grilled, shredded into slaw, or fermented to make kimchi or kraut, the humble cabbage knows no bounds. This stand-out crucifer is also rich in compounds called isothiocyanates, which may help lower cancer risk.
Caramelized Cabbage With Whole-Wheat Penne and Provolone
This pasta toss is inspired by a similar dish at Franny's restaurant in Brooklyn. The cabbage caramelizes in the pan and becomes just tender enough to bind with the pasta without losing its toothsomeness. Fresh red chile is a must for a pop of color and heat—don't skip it.
Spiced Chicken Tacos With Lime-Cabbage Slaw
Cabbage and red onion offer plenty of prebiotic fodder for the probiotics in Greek yogurt to flourish. (This is the difference between pre- and probiotic foods.) Use the spice rub on tofu or tempeh for a plant-based option that also boosts fiber.
Cabbage Salad With Miso Vinaigrette
Fresh cabbage is all about crunch; the more texture, the better. Napa cabbage can absorb bold vinaigrettes without losing its crisp bite. Carrots, red onion, and daikon radish add even more crunch to the salad. Red miso paste is a soybean paste that ferments longer than yellow or white miso, giving it a deep umami flavor. Stir until the paste has completely dissolved into the vinegar mixture before tossing with the salad.
Lentil-Tahini Burgers With Pickled Cabbage
Crunchy cabbage balances out earthy umaminess in this vegan cookout alternative.
Cabbage and Radish Couscous
This couscous combines the fresh flavors of cabbage, radishes, and salsa fresca to make a tasty side dish.
Brussels Sprouts Giardiniera
Now that we know to roast or shred fresh Brussels sprouts rather than boil them, the possibilities are endless. The next frontier, according to chef Jenn Louis, is to pickle for giardiniera. Try this condiment on sandwiches, baked fish, or a charcuterie or cheese board. Mild Champagne vinegar enhances the vegetable mixture with brightness rather than burying it with acidity (you can also substitute white or rice wine vinegar). Keep in a sealed container in your fridge for three days for the best texture.
Thai Beef Cabbage Wraps
To add another bright touch to these sweet and spicy wraps, serve with fresh lime wedges and fresh cilantro.
Bacon-and-Apple Braised Cabbage
We add sweet (brown sugar) and tangy (sherry vinegar) flavors toward the end of braising so they stand out in the finished dish. Serve with roast pork or braised beef.
Pork and Broken Rice Cabbage Rolls
Though typically thought of as an Eastern European dish, cabbage rolls can actually be found in several cuisines, chef Jenn Louis says. She adopts a Far East approach here, using soy sauce, ginger, sesame, and broken jasmine rice. Broken rice is exactly what it sounds like—fragments of rice grains. Look for it in Asian markets, or use standard jasmine rice.
Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage With Potatoes and Carrots
There's no better way to celebrate St. Paddy than with a showstopping feast of beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. To create the traditional flavor profile of corned beef and cabbage without the traditionally massive sodium spike, we simmer brisket in a strong aromatic spice blend at low and slow heat rather than starting with brined beef.
Cabbage Okonomiyaki (Pancakes)
This savory, Japanese-style pancake is traditionally loaded with cabbage. Chef Jenn Louis’ version uses quickly brined cabbage and a thin batter for maximum crispiness. Find togarashi (also called Japanese seven spice) at Asian markets. The mixture includes dried ground chile, ginger, orange rind, seaweed, and sesame seeds for a savory, spicy, briny blend. Try it on roasted butternut squash or seared steak. You can also make one larger pancake in a 10-inch skillet, increasing the cook time to 10 to 15 minutes and cutting into wedges before serving.
Marinated Savoy Cabbage
To give this slaw zing as a foil to braised beef, wilt cabbage in brine and then massage it with an acidic vinaigrette, softening the leaves' snappy bite.
Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches
These sandwiches are a nod to low-and-slow Southern barbecue—using just a little bit of pork shoulder. And just like traditional pulled pork, the meltingly tender vegetables and pork are piled high on toasted buns, slathered with a Greek yogurt mixture, and topped with shredded cabbage.
Sweet and Sour Roasted Napa Cabbage Wedges
Caramelizing cabbage under the broiler draws out its natural sugars and deepens the flavor of the glaze. Preheat the roasting pan to jump-start the browning process.
Sesame Cabbage Salad With Grilled Salmon
There are lots of sustainable salmon options available now, from wild Alaskan to farmed U.S. species. Keep this easy recipe in mind for times when you have leftover cabbage in the fridge.
Caribbean-Style Roast Cabbage With Carrots
Nicely roasted cabbage turns sweet and earthy, with a deliciously silky texture. There's a beautiful balance of flavors here—sweetness from cabbage and carrots, fire from hot sauce, brightness from vinegar, and richness from butter.
This citrusy take on coleslaw is fresh and pleasantly spicy, an ideal side dish or burger or brat topping. Leave the seeds in more peppers for added fire, or seed all of them for a milder dish.
Stuffed Savoy Cabbage With Tomato Sauce
Fresh dill brightens the flavor and color of this recipe. For convenience, you can assemble the dish and refrigerate up to one day before serving.
Cabbage With Mango Slaw Vinaigrette
We love this crunchy cabbage slaw, but the vinaigrette—made from puréed mangoes—is a winning recipe. Make a double recipe of the vinaigrette and enjoy it later tossed with spinach leaves or spooned over fish or chicken.
Chicken Soup With Cabbage and Apple
This recipe is the definition of hearty in a bowl. Earthy green cabbage mingles with moist shredded chicken, chicken sausage, and broth-soaked potatoes. Tart, crunchy apple slices add a fruity counterpoint to this German-inspired soup.
Cornmeal-Dusted Catfish Sandwiches With Tangy Slaw
Forget pulling out a deep fryer—a light coating of crunchy cornmeal and a quick pan-fry make catfish fillets delicately crisp.
Wasabi Pea Tofu With Red Cabbage Leeks
This dish is spectacular, as wasabi peas make a delicious breading for tofu. Surprisingly, they lose their bite when cooked but provide intriguing flavor and crunch in the slightly sweet, salty crust. Look for cans of the peas in the Asian food section of your supermarket or in the bulk bin of some large grocery stores. A few crushed peas get sprinkled on top of the finished dish for added crunch and a pop of pungency.
Simmered Cabbage With Beef, Shan Style
The name of this dish is galaam oop, which tells the cooking method (oop) used for cooking the cabbage (galaam). The "oop" method of cooking, found in Northern Thailand and among the Shan people in Myanmar, involves a slow simmer, under a tightly sealed lid, of ingredients that have been combined with very little water and little or no oil. There's depth of flavor from a little ground beef that gives extra succulence.
Pork Sandwiches With Pickled Slaw
Quick-pickled carrots and cabbage add flavor and crunch to this simple sub.
Celery Root Schnitzel With Cabbage-Apple Slaw
Our twist on a classic fried pork or chicken cutlet is inspired by a dish on chef Andrew Carmellini's menu at Little Park in New York.
Pineapple Chicken Kebabs With Cilantro-Lime Slaw
A sweet-tangy-spicy glaze of Asian pantry staples caramelizes beautifully under the broiler. To complete the meal, serve with jasmine rice tossed with sliced green onions and lime rind strips.
Seared Scallops With Bacon, Cabbage, and Apple
Quick but hearty, serve this sweet and savory scallop dish with roasted potatoes.
Whole Grain and Italian Sausage-Stuffed Cabbage
Steaming the cabbage leaves before filling them makes them pliable enough to roll up.
Cabbage Soup With Andouille Sausage
Smoky andouille gives this hearty and comforting soup a wealth of deep flavor, while chopped coleslaw mix allows it to come together in a flash.
If you want to use cabbage for something more exciting than simple slaw, kimchi is worth the wait. It’s a spicy Korean condiment that is often fermented and aged—sometimes for months. Our recipe is shortened to one week. It’s traditionally served with steamed white rice and pairs well with stir-fries.
Pork Loin Braised with Cabbage
Pork is typically served with cabbage at the German table. Use red cabbage, if you like, for slightly sweeter flavor.
Barbecued Cabbage With Santa Fe Seasonings
This richly flavored whole head of cabbage cooks slowly over moderate heat while covered. This preparation is a showpiece.
Irish Bacon and Cabbage with Mustard Sauce
This dish is more authentic than the ubiquitous corned beef and cabbage, though it is quite similar in that Irish boiling bacon is a cured meat, too. The boiling bacon is also leaner than traditional American bacon (which does not make an appropriate substitute).
Curried cabbage, seasoned with the pungent flavors of turmeric, mustard, and curry powder, is a perfect partner for grilled pork loin or lamb.
Asian Turkey Cabbage Cups
Cool, crisp napa cabbage leaves cradle a hot and spicy herbed filling in this quick dish.